Noah Syndergaard returned to action with a flourish, pitching and hitting the Mets to a 4-2 victory over the Nationals Friday night.
Syndergaard scattered seven hits over five innings and allowed just one run. He also delivered an RBI single that gave the Mets a 4-0 lead.
The Mets gave Syndergaard an early lead, as they tallied three runs in the first inning, thanks to RBI singles from Jose Bautista and Devin Mesoraco and a sacrifice fly by Wilmer Flores. Brandon Nimmo finished with three hits and Amed Rosario had two, with a double and a triple. The mental break given Rosario really seems to have paid dividends.
For a change, the Mets got solid relief pitching, as Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman combined for four innings of one-run ball, with each pitcher going two innings. Gsellman gave up the run but also got credit for the Save, his fourth of the season. It’s looking more and more like he will take over as closer if and when Jeurys Familia is dealt.